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Gulha snacks from Maldives. Hanḍū gulha
TypeSnack food
Place of originMaldives
Region or stateSouth Asia
Serving temperaturePreferably freshly-prepared along with hot tea[1]
Main ingredientsFlour, tuna and grated coconut
VariationsMade with wheat flour or with rice flour dough

Gulha or gulhaa (IAST guḷā) is a typical and popular Maldivian short eat.

Gulha are small ball-shaped dumplings that are stuffed with a mixture of tuna, finely chopped onion, grated coconut, and chili.[2] Depending on the cook, turmeric, lime juice and chopped curry leaves are added to the mixture. Once ready, the gulha are deep-fried.[3]

Gulha can be made with wheat flour or rice flour dough. The rice-flour gulha are usually smaller, harder and more crunchy. The size of gulha may vary from the large ones that are slightly larger than the size of a ping-pong ball to the smallest which are about the size of marbles. This snack was traditionally eaten with sweetened hot tea and sometimes also together with other short eats.[1]

The fish used traditionally for stuffing gulha was commonly Maldive fish but nowadays many Maldivians use canned tuna.[1] Alternatively, gulha may be oven-baked instead of deep-fried.

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  1. ^ a b c Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom, Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
  2. ^ Ellis, R. (2008). Maldives. Bradt Guides. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-84162-266-8. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, Eating on the Islands, Himal Southasian, Vol. 26 no. 2, pages 69-91 ISSN 1012-9804

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